Hybrid eyelash extensions combine the natural look of real lashes with the captivating effect of seamless extensions. With proper maintenance between salon visits, hybrid eyelash extensions create the illusion of fuller, longer lashes for weeks at a time.
However, hybrid lashes require diligent upkeep to keep extensions bonded and arranged properly. Neglecting care makes them prone to shedding, gaps, clumping, and misalignment.
Use these pro tips to cleanse, groom, protect, and refresh your hybrid eyelash extensions. Maintain the investment with good daily practices.
Caring for Your Hybrid Lashes
1. The Importance of Regular Fill Appointments
The key to preventing gaps and sparse areas with hybrid eyelash extensions is consistency with your recommended fill appointments every 2-3 weeks.
These maintenance visits replace shedding natural and synthetic lashes to keep extensions looking fresh and full. Trying to stretch fills too long allows gaps to accumulate, extensions to overload natural lashes, and the overall look to appear thin and straggly.
2. Don’t Cancel or Reschedule Fill Appointments
Make attending consistently scheduled fills a priority. Canceling, tardiness, or letting appointment times lapse too long can disrupt the grow-out cycle of your natural lashes.
This throws off the ideal timing of fills needed to insert new extensions right as old ones shed. Be diligent about keeping appointments to maintain the integrity of your hybrid eyelash extension set.
3. Use a Specialized Lash Brush and Cleanser
Invest in a high-quality lash cleansing brush with soft, spaced bristles designed to gently brush between extensions without pulling them out. Pair this with a mild, soap-free cleanser formulated just for lash extensions. Never use a regular makeup remover.
Gently brush hybrid eyelash extensions morning and night with your specialized products to remove debris, oil, and makeup buildup that could compromise adhesion. Rinse well and avoid over-scrubbing the delicate eyelid skin.
4. Apply Only Oil-Free Eye Makeup and Remover
Oil is the number one enemy of lash extension glue. Be meticulously careful to use only oil-free eye makeup and makeup removers around hybrid eyelash extensions. Even natural oils like coconut and olive will break down the bonds. Check ingredient lists closely. Remove eye makeup very gently at the end of the day. Avoid waterproof mascara which requires harsher removal.
5. Sleep on Your Back to Avoid Friction
To prevent hybrid extensions from being rubbed off at night, train yourself to sleep on your back rather than your stomach or sides. Friction from pillows and blankets is a prime cause of premature shedding. Use a contoured lash pillow if you must sleep on your side. Adding a silk pillowcase also cuts down on lash-damaging friction.
6. Safeguard Against Humidity and Steam
Humidity and steam are other adversaries of lash glue, causing softening and breakdown of bonds in humid climates or hot showers. Use a shower cap and avoid saunas or steam rooms.
If exercising heavily, place oil blotting papers inside glasses afterward to absorb sweat and oils before they reach lash lines. Keep bathroom ventilation on during and after baths.
7. Avoid Rubbing Eyes and Manipulating Lashes
Refrain from intentionally touching hybrid eyelash extensions which can loosen bonds and cause misalignment. Let the extensions naturally lift and curl your natural set. If lashes need repositioning in between fills, have your technician address it. Rubbing tired eyes or forcing lashes often leads to premature shedding. Be hands-off.
8. Carefully Comb Through Lashes Daily
Use a clean, dry mascara wand or specialized lash comb to gently brush through hybrid eyelash extensions morning and night. This evenly redistributes extensions separates any stuck together and removes dust and particles. Daily combing also helps retrain natural lashes to curl upward with the extensions. But be gentle.
9. See Your Lash Artist if You Face Any Issues
If you experience redness, itching, rashes, eye discomfort, or abnormal lash shedding, contact your lash technician immediately. It could signal an underlying reaction that needs to be addressed. Don’t try to remove hybrid eyelash extensions yourself. Have a pro properly assess, treat, and remove any irritating extensions.
Following good maintenance practices will maximize your hybrid eyelash extension sets’ longevity, health, and beauty. Although high maintenance, tending properly to hybrids extends the time between fills. With conscientious daily care, your eyes will continue looking gorgeous.